“Attracting and Keeping Younger Adults”

Webinar: “Attracting and Keeping Younger Adults” When: Febuary 17, 2017 – 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Summary: A recurring question HLAA chapter and state organization leaders ask is, “How can we get young people to come to our meetings? If we are able to get them in the door, they seem to come once or twice and then they don’t come back.” It’s reasonable to assume that people decide to come to HLAA meetings because they are looking for something. Believe it or not, even in the age of ready availability of hearing loss information on the internet, not everything …

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Career Success after Hearing Loss

February 15, 2017  8:00pm – 9:00pm Bio: David C. Baldridge, BGS, MBA Ph.D. Summary: This webinar will focus on career success research in the general population, Dr. Baldridge’s current research on career success after hearing loss, and participants’ own employment experiences. We will discuss the types of jobs, tasks, and organizational contexts in which people with hearing loss are more likely to be successful. We will also discuss day-to-day behaviors associated with workplace success, including management of supervisors, coworkers, and accommodations. Guided by Dr. Baldridge’s current research findings, we will discuss post-hearing loss quests for meaningful work and big picture …

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Folk Artist Zoe Nutt Shares Her Personal Hearing Loss Story in Her Music Video “Like You”

Bethesda, Maryland–Nashville folk artist Zoë Nutt today announced the release of the video for her new single “Like You,” which invites people to hear her story of living with progressive hearing loss and tinnitus. Zoë is thrilled to partner with the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) and HelloGiggles to unveil the emotionally-driven, captioned video and to use her music as a means to bring a positive message and inspire others for a greater cause. “Like You” can be downloaded via NoiseTrade. Artist tip proceeds will be donated to HLAA. Describing the video in her own words, Zoë said: I am going deaf. And I want …

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Policy & Politics: Why Hearing Aids Are Not Covered by Medicare

Hearing Journal: Policy & Politics: Why Hearing Aids Are Not Covered by Medicare — cover story by Gordon Glantz It is unclear what former Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter meant when he said: “All our work, our whole life is a matter of semantics, because words are the tools with which we work, the material out of which laws are made, out of which the Constitution was written. Everything depends on our understanding of them.” It comes down to how words are heard, then interpreted. For the hearing impaired, both hearing and interpretation seemingly form an unholy alliance when it …

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Tickets Are on Sale For Three Upcoming Accessible Theater Events

CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME at the Boston Opera House Saturday, March 11,2020  2 PM: Open Captioned performance (Open Captions by c2) Tickets starting at $44 Open Caption Tickets Saturday, March 18, 2020 at 2 PM: American Sign Language performance Tickets starting at $44 ASL Tickets Sunday, March 12, 2020 at 1 PM: Audio described performance (description by Laura Willis) Tickets starting at $44 Audio Described Tickets *** A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM at the Trinity Repertory Company Open Captioned Performance:    Sunday, February 12, 2020  at 2 PM  Purchase tickets.   *** BILLY ELLIOT THE MUSICAL …

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Advocacy Alert!  Co-sponsors for Hearing Aid Coverage & ASL Interpreter Bills are due by Friday, February 3, 2017

from Betsy McCarthy, Chair of the Massachusetts Legislative Task Force: Please read below for bills regarding hearing aids and ASL interpreters –  just four of the many bills filed in this new legislative session. A new Legislative Session has begun in Massachusetts and co-sponsors for bills are due by the end of this week, Friday February 3, 2017. Representative Scibak has re-filed his hearing aid bills. Links to the brief description are listed below.   Text is not yet available but a list of Rep. Scibak’s bills is found at https://malegislature.gov/Legislators/Profile/JWS1/190/Bills/Sponsored HD567 provides coverage for hearing aids HD596 would provide a tax …

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Consumer Reports evaluates Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPS)

Hearing Loss: No More Suffering in Silence? This widespread problem is associated with depression, isolation, and possibly, dementia. We report on affordable solutions and what’s being done to give everyone access to treatment. By Julia Calderone February 02, 2017 Age-related hearing loss has long been thought of as an inevitable part of getting older, more a nuisance than a life-altering medical condition—at least by those not experiencing it. But that’s all changing. In the past two years, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) have published reports calling untreated hearing …

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MA Governor’s House 1 Budget Funds MCDHH  To Continue Its Mission

From Heidi Reed, Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (MCDHH): As we know, the mission of the Massachusetts Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) is committed to providing accessible communication, education and advocacy to consumers and private and public entities to that programs, services and opportunities are fully accessible to persons throughout  Massachusetts who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The Governor’s House 1 Budget (H.1) was announced this week and funds MCDHH  to continue our mission for FY18  as summarized below. H.1 line item 4125-0100  allocates $5.6M for MCDHH. This figure is a $243K (5%) …

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